Scupper on the trail of the Polar Pioneer oil rig

Our intrepid reporter, Scupper, Captain of S/V Pointless, is currently on trail of the Polar Pioneer.

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Shell’s controversial oil rig is en route to Terminal 5 in West Seattle.

Stay tuned for more pictures from Captain Scupper as I will continue to update this post with photos as I receive them.

UPDATE 2:28 PM:  You can barely see West Seattle in the background as the Polar Pioneer makes her way closer to Terminal 5.

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Captain Scupper says, “There goes the neighborhood.”

UPDATE 2:39 PM:

Captain Scupper of S/V Pointless has just sent in this picture of the Polar Pioneer with Seattle in the distance.

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Along with this close up photo taken of the oil rig from the deck of Pointless.

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Captain Scupper does not see any kayakers from Portland…yet…

UPDATE 2:47 PM:

Captain Scupper has just sent a bunch more photos… they are all starting to look the same to me. Here’s a nice one of the Polar Pioneer posing in front of the Seattle skyline.

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UPDATE 3:05 PM:

Captain Scupper thinks he heard over the VHF that the Polar Pioneer is going to start drilling at this spot in Elliott Bay!

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Peavey Sawmill – A bit of Beach Drive’s colorful past

It was about a year ago to the day that I ran into a local historian and West Seattle legend, John Kelly. John was responding to an inquiry I had made regarding an old pier that was once said to serve the Mosquito Fleet at Weather Watch Park.

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I’m responding to your inquiry to Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society. I am a lifelong WS resident as were my parents and grandparents. I am 92, but cannot say I pesonally saw the Floating dock there. However, there are photos, as I recall, at the Log House Museum on 61st.
There is a mural at the WS Junction on the east wall of the Campbell Building, Callifornia and Alaska St.(alley)

My mother’s family camped at Rose Lodge around 1905 just a block or two north of Carrol St.
My father’s family camped about a mile south next to the Peavey Sawmill, which was on the shore between Juneau & Raymond Streets during the same period. Piling remnants are still visible there.

I personally met with John at his apartment in The Kenney to pour over research and photos he’d compiled over the years about the historic Beach Drive sawmill. At low tide, we drove down to the actual site where a local resident was kind enough to allow us access to the beach, where at 92, John had no issue climbing down the rocks and driftwood to the weathered remnants of south Alki’s first industry…

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Site of the Peavey Sawmill circa 1905-1925 near the 5200 block of Beach Drive SW. Mr Kelly is seen standing amongst the pilings that once managed the large log booms brought in from tugs.

 

Mr Kelly mentioned that his uncle owned a summer property alongside of the mill where they would erect platforms & tent shelters for family gatherings on the beach.  Check out the corrugated siding of a mill building behind this reunion of fine ladies.

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John’s Aunt Caroline Kelly Houghton & friends photo taken in 1907

 

Although not quite 100% sure, John believes this next photo is likely a taken out in front of the mill where his family would fish and boat

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This tract map of 1912 clearly shows the location of the mill and nearby streets

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Mr Kelly wrote a detailed essay regarding the mill for the SW Seattle Historical Society click here to read. Beyond the essay, I recall John telling me about horse stables located across the street from the mill. In the early evening, the horses would pull wagons of finished lumber north along dirt roads to the paved street and electric streetcar line south of Alki Point near Orleans Street. After hours when regular passenger service closed for the day, the trolly line would serve to transport lumber & other commercial freight to Duwamish Head where more conventional transportation could be arranged.

He also made mention of the narrow stairway leading down to the beach from where Juneau street intersects with Atlas. Bears were often seen eating berries along the hillside!

PeaveyJuneauStThe stairs down Juneau Street are long gone but a green belt still exists. Photo taken at the top of Atlas Street.

 

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

 

Last Nights Low Tide Beach Walk

Last night there were dozens of flashlights and giggling children of all ages participating in Seattle Aquariums night time beach walk.  

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Scupper Sr. interviewed a representative from the Seattle Aquarium about the late night exploration off the shores of Beach Drive.

Here’s more from West Seattle Herald.

This weekend’s King Tides become a Royal Pain?

West Seattle Herald recently wrote about the King Tides that will be topping out at 13 feet along our shoreline this weekend… 

So called King Tides (a non-scientific term) simply refers to the very highest tides. They occur when the earth, moon and sun are aligned at perigee (when the moon is closest to earth) and perihelion (when the earth is closest to the sun), resulting in the largest tidal range seen during a year since the gravitational effects are magnified.

While NOAA does not expect additional tidal height due to coastal flooding, the Marine Forecast has issued southerly winds between 15/ 25 knots with 2-4 foot waves to boot during Saturday’s extreme high tide… 

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900 AM PST WED DEC 12 2012

THU…S WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. CHANCE OF RAIN.

THU NIGHT…S WIND 10 TO 20 KT…RISING TO 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT.

FRI…S WIND 15 TO 25 KT…EASING TO 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT…SUBSIDING TO 2 FT OR LESS.

FRI NIGHT…N WIND 5 TO 15 KT…BECOMING S TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS.

SAT…S WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT.

SUN…SW WIND TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS.

Upcoming high tides:

Thursday +12.5 ft at 5:15AM also +12.1 at 3:30PM

Friday +12.8 ft at 6:30AM also +11.8 at 4:30PM

Saturday +13 ft at 7:00AM also +11.2 at 5:30PM

Sunday +13 ft at 8:00AM

Monday +12.9 ft at 8:30AM

Tuesday +12.7 ft at 9:00AM

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog
 

Resident chases off prowlers breaking into trailered boat

Appears that your fishing/pleasure boats may have been safer in the water than on land.  A neighbor’s off of SW Angeline (4700 block of Beach Drive) thwarted an attempted theft by prowler(s) rummaging under the canvas cover of their trailered boat on Tuesday.  The incident was reported to the police but haven’t heard of any arrests. 

Probably a good idea to remove any semi-attached electronics, fishing gear, trolling motors, etc. off your boats this off- season. Keep in mind that thieves have no problem taking the transom along with your small outboards! Yes, I found out the hard way a few years back…

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Beach Drive dog finds “Spirit Log”

Found this great carving while walking along the waterfront path at Lincoln Park. Scupper Jr’s  natural pull to the beach (which of course, I fully resist) landed us here…

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Disclaimer: Said dog never set a paw on highly enforced beach or artwork/graffiti depending on who’s side you’re on per WSB post.

While this particular carving has been fully documented on West Seattle Blog, a long time resident of Beach Drive informed me that as recent as 3 or 4 years ago he’s has seen several of what he calls “spirit logs” wash up on our local beaches north of Lincoln Park.  He went on to say that he… 

“heard there were many but disapeared over time. People,sand and tide moved them.”

A quick Google search uncovered another driftwood carving found near the water in Port Townsend…

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Photo courtesy of Dr John’s Journal

I’m squarely in the camp of welcoming these native style carvings onto our beaches. Reminds me of the native heritage of the land we now call home!

Scupper, for Beach Drive Blog 

Please bees careful walking/running up Jacobson street today!

During a jog up Jacobson hill this morning, I ran into a city crew trying to decide what to do about the leaning alder they had just cut down. It just so happens that the hollowed out Alder laying on the ground is home of a swarming bees nest.

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One of the crew informed me that a local bee keeper has been contacted for their expertise and over-heard other options to move the infested log to an unpopulated corner of MeeKwaMooks or Lincoln Park.  You've been warned!

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The University of Washington research vessel named the Thomas G Thompson has been a spotted as a regular these days off off Blake Island.

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I'm guessing that they are testing the local waters beyond the out-going currents of Rich Passage where several Atlantic Salmon farming pens are located.  Their website isn't revealing what they've been up to recently but a potential break out of Salmon Anemia in Puget Sound must have their attention.  Monday was so beautiful out that I ventured over in the Beach Drive Blog zodiac to check out the operations.  Enjoy!

 

 Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

 

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Gill Netters set for Fall salmon runs

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Starting to see the "net set" working the waters off of Beach Drive. A local resident we'll refer to as Mr. Green Horn hitched a ride Wednesday as a go-fer-boy and mentioned none of the boats are having great catches yet, "the Chums still don't seem to be all that plentiful right now".

Scupper, roporting for Beach Drive Blog

Newest Bulkhead on Beach Drive

Update October 14, 2011:  apparently the construction of this bulkhead may be involved with the 75 foot sunken vessel of Waterfront Construction, causing a fuel spill. Read Beach Drive Blog's coverage here.

Our intrepid reporter, Scupper, decided to check out the barge that was heading to a newer Beach Drive home.  How often can you watch a bulkhead being built?

 

 

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